Native Dutchman Niels Swinkels is a freelance journalist, musicologist, and sound engineer. Before moving to San Francisco, he was the arts editor and senior classical music/opera critic for Brabants Dagblad, a regional daily newspaper in the Netherlands. As a freelance writer and sound engineer, he currently works for San Francisco Opera, KALW Local Public Radio, Elevation Online, Earprint Productions, and others.
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French composer Philippe Hersant’s Der Gestirnte Himmel gets its world premiere with the Bay Area-based quartet.More about Cypress String Quartet »
On its U.S. tour, the orchestra delivered unequivocal proof that it is a fantastic ensemble, and that Yannick Nézet-Séguin is a phenomenal conductor.More about San Francisco Symphony »
Bach's musical cousins got a highly satisfactory hearing from the historical performance specialists.More about Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra »
ABS did a terrific job with the most winning of Handel’s theater works, introducing a fine soprano in the process.More about American Bach Soloists »
Warm and fuzzy it wasn't, but Gidon Kremer's traversal of two pieces by Soviet composer Mieczysław Weinberg were worth the price of admission.More about Cal Performances »
With all due respect to the fine orchestra and lauded guest soloists, it was the voices of the Philharmonia Baroque Chorale that made their “Joyous Christmas” concert an evening to remember.More about Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra »